Interview by Bokeh Focus/
Photos by Avery Fields
Avery Fields, 24, from Brooklyn, New York, is our July Photographer of the Month winner. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Fields competed against three other photographers and his photo received the most votes. He previously won Photographer of the Week during the third week of July. He reminds everyone to cherish their instinctual aesthetic.
We interviewed Fields to share his advice and experiences with the greater Bokeh Focus community. He said, “art is everywhere and everything”
The photos in this story are Fields’ original images (© Avery Fields).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Fields: My model (who is also my best friend) and I have a very similar perspective on life. Our shared visual aesthetic is one that has always fascinated me. One day she dressed up and wanted pictures taken of her outfit. It was during spring and the colors all came together perfectly. We are both into the supernatural essences of life — the mythology and spirituality that surrounds and fills our lives. The synergy of color and energies in nature — I wanted to capture all of it and emphasize it in my photos.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Fields: The theme of our photoshoot is Greek and Egyptian mythology. My model loves Athena, Maat and Gaia. Also, she identifies as part of the Ravenclaw house from Harry Potter. All of this I tried to express in each image.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Fields: I usually work with light painting photography in a dark environment. So when I take pictures during daylight I rarely bother to emphasize depth of field. For the winning picture, “This is the Dance,” I did venture into photoshop and used the blur tool and layers, emphasizing the tree and greenery around her.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Fields: I am actually a socially awkward introvert. Usually people don’t see me as such, but my mind is constantly running in a plethora of directions so I find it hard to focus on casual conversation. Luckily my thought process enhances my creativity. Once I start discussing a topic that has depth, some people recognize I have a fast-paced and curious mind.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Fields: Definitely know and believe that art is everywhere and everything is art. With that being said, there is no such thing as something being bad art. I truly believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has their personal aesthetic that is appreciated by someone. So never compare yourself, your work, or your vision to creative works by others.
We at Bokeh Focus recognize the inclusion of mythical interests within Fields’ photographic aesthetic. We’re very happy to be able to feature his work. Avery, congratulations again on your unique captures. We appreciate your submission to see your photography in an exhibit in the future!